6 terms

Ch. 27- Romantic Opera (Germany))

Ring cycle
set of 4 Wagner operas, intended to be performed during the course of 4 successive evenings
Bayreuth Festival
festival that continues to stage the music dramas of Wagner
music drama
musical work for the stage in which all the arts function in harmony
artistic union; total art work
Liebestod (Love-Death)
famous aria sung by the expiring Isolde at the end of Tristan und Isolde
leitmotif (signature-tune)
brief, distinctive unit of music designed to represent a character, object, or idea, which returns repeatedly in order to show how the drama is unfolding; typical leitmotifs represent: "longing," "desire,"and "ecstasy"